Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Teeth

Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Teeth

The mouth serves as the gateway to the rest of your pet’s body, and your pet’s teeth are necessary tools used in that gateway. -Travel Animal Doctor Function The teeth serve as important facilitators to your pet’s digestive system. The teeth are used on a daily basis in your pet’s life. To manage your pet’s health, it is just as important to take control of your pet’s dental hygiene as it is to take care of your own. Brush There are so many flavors of dog toothpaste out there that it is easy to find a flavor your dog enjoys. Routine Forming a routine will help you to remember to brush your pet‘s teeth. You can start with using your finger and once your animal is used to you manipulating his mouth you can use a toothbrush specifically made to brush your animal’s teeth. After brushing you can give your pet a small treat to make it a positive experience. The younger your animal is when you start brushing his teeth, the better. Make sure to remember to get the back teeth as these are the ones that most often have the most plaque. When plaque build up is not appropriately dealt with gum disease can ensue. Disease Halitosis may become an early indication that there is plaque build up in your dogs mouth. Prevention As always, prevention is key to fighting off disease.   If the teeth are not taken care of for the first nine years of your animal’s life, a disease process has likely already began. A dental cleaning by a veterinary dentist can help remove...
Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Skin

Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Skin

Your pet’s skin is considered the largest organ of his body. – Travel Animal Doctor The integrity of the skin is extremely important to maintain if you want your pet to stay healthy.  Pay attention to how your pet‘s skin looks and bring her to a veterinarian if the skin or fur pattern seems to have a drastic change. Also know that with the help of your veterinarian, you can play a crucial part in preventing diseases in your pet so that it saves you from having to take repeated trips to your veterinarian. Just like you, your pet can get sunburnt. Sun If you have a pet that is white or light in color limit the amount of time that your pet is stuck in the sun. If your animal is an outside only animal make sure that shade (and water) is available to your pet throughout the day. Allergies Your pet can also be allergic to his or her food. Fur loss in certain areas of the body can point towards a possible food allergy. Finally your pet may have an endocrine disease. One of the first clues to a veterinarian that there may be a problem going on inside the pet can be seen from the outside. Parasites Furthermore, your pet is exposed to many parasites that can make his skin itchy or dry.   When he is outside drinking from a pond with his bare paws exposed to the earth, this is the prime time for a parasite to attach. Even when a dog is lying in the shade, he is not safe from parasites. There are...
Travel Animal Doctor: Keeping Your Pet’s Body Healthy

Travel Animal Doctor: Keeping Your Pet’s Body Healthy

Your pet’s body is it’s sanctuary. – Travel Animal Doctor Your Pet’s Body The dog’s nose is used for sniffing and breathing. Her eyes are used to guide her owner across the street.  Your dog’s heart is used to pump blood and oxygen through your pet’s body.  Her legs are used to run and jump. Her tail wags to let you know that she is happy and eager to please you.  Her mouth is used for eating treats when she is good and most importantly to eat her meals and to drink her water. What she consumes gives her the energy and hydration she needs to keep her body functioning properly. This energy is important to keep her heart beating, her legs running, her mouth chewing, her nose sniffing, her tail wagging and her eyes open. This is why what your pet eats is vital to her healthy and happy lifestyle. Food If you have a child he can tell you when he is hungry or thirsty.  The uniqueness of a pet is that you are relying on body language and barking to tell you what she needs.  This is why it is essential to know the proper portions of food necessary for your pet’s lifestyle. Let’s say you left unlimited grilled cheese sandwiches that do not go bad on the kitchen table throughout the day for your child. Not every child would know the appropriate amount to eat in a day and could potentially become overweight. Furthermore if you are watching television at night and want to do something else but are too tired to work on the computer, do you...
Travel Animal Doctor: 3 St. Patty’s Day Tips

Travel Animal Doctor: 3 St. Patty’s Day Tips

The director here at Travel Animal Doctor wants to wish you a safe and Happy St. Patty’s Day! 1. No green beer for Lucky. Even a small amount of beer can be toxic to your dog or cat. 2. Give a Greenies or a Natural Balance dental stick to celebrate the Luck of the Irish and to keep your dog’s mouth fresh and clean this St. Patty’s Day! 3. Make sure Lucky is wearing green to avoid those pinches (or don’t and pinch/tickle away!). Either way Lucky will love the attention! May the luck of the Irish be with you! – Travel Animal Doctor Share this:PrintEmailLike this:Like...
Travel Animal Doctor: Cat with Chronic Kidney Disease

Travel Animal Doctor: Cat with Chronic Kidney Disease

Travel Animal Doctor: High Quality, Restricted Protein, Low Phosphorous and High Omega-3 Fatty Acids Diet to treat a Cat with Chronic Kidney Disease Feline Chronic Kidney Disease So your cat has what is referred to as feline chronic kidney disease, chronic renal failure, or chronic renal disease. Now what? The doctor suggests changing the diet with a special food that he has in stock however it is somewhat expensive. You bought some of it and took it home and your cat turned her nose up at it. She has been losing weight and does not look healthy which is why you took her into the veterinarians in the first place. bjimmy934 / Foter / CC BY   You give her the normal cat brand that she is used to because it has got to be better that she is eating rather than not eating right? What your cat eats matters. It is true that cats with renal disease need a necessary amount of caloric intake. To really treat your fur baby, and increase the lifespan of a cat with chronic kidney disease a change in diet is extremely important. If your cat with chronic kidney disease is NOT eating the new special diet, a veterinarian can further hook you up with appetite stimulants that should help. So why is this diet any better for her? A cat with chronic kidney disease needs a diet that is HIGH QUALITY protein so that the body uses only the best kind of protein (Like the Vera Bradley or Coach of purses, instead of the knock off purses being sold on the street...
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